ICBM address

ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) address or missile address is hacker slang for one's longitude and latitude[1] (preferably to seconds-of-arc accuracy) when placed in a signature or another publicly available file.

The term ICBM address is derived from the ICBM or intercontinental ballistic missile.


The form that used to register a site with the Usenet mapping project, before Internet connectivity became commonplace for Usenet sites, included a field for longitude and latitude, preferably to seconds-of-arc accuracy. This was actually used for generating geographically-correct maps of Usenet links on a plotter; however, it became traditional to refer to this as one's ICBM address or missile address, and some people include it in their sig block with that name (but a real missile address would include target elevation).

A typical tag might read "ICBM Address: 36.8274040 N, 108.0204086 W".

Modern useEdit

Today, using the ICBM method of coordinates is one method of geotagging webpages or other online material. Some projects parse ICBM address included in webpages via meta tags, which can then be used to map out sites added to its database.

Web page uses of <meta name="ICBM" content="12.345, 67.890">[2] specify the same location as a geo:12.345,67.890 URI.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The new hacker's dictionary. Raymond, Eric S. (3rd ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. 1996. p. 253. ISBN 9780262680929. OCLC 42329393.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "MetaExtensions". WHATWG Wiki. Retrieved 2017-10-27.

External linksEdit

This article is based in part on the Jargon File, which is in the public domain.